Halsall Suzuki set sights on BSB Showdown return

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Halsall Suzuki team boss Jack Valentine says he believes his new line-up of Christian Iddon and Josh Waters are capable of returning Suzuki to the BSB Showdown after a year’s absence in 2015.

Valentine, a highly experienced team manager who took John Hopkins to second in the series in the now famous battle of 2011, is seen by many as having a big task ahead of him. The manufacturer, with Hopkins and Waters onboard the Tyco Suzuki bikes, slumped to 9th and 10th in 2014; their worst performance in a decade.

But with two riders with a wealth of experience gained both in the UK and abroad, the former Valmoto Triumph boss says they’re more than capable.

“I’m really pleased we’ve signed Josh and Christian to ride the Halsall Suzuki in 2015. Josh has a wealth of experience with the GSX-R and he’s already highlighted some of the areas he’d like to improve. His strong end to the 2014 season shows the bike has got potential and he is determined to get the most out of it.”

"Christian joins us having spent two years racing brand new bikes in World Superbikes, impressing with podiums and front row starts on the Supersport MV Agusta and strong EVO results on the Bimota BB3. He showed the kind of results he is capable of rocking up at Assen last year with an unproven bike only to go and take pole position. I’m confident he’ll get on really well with the GSX-R.”

“In Josh and Christian we’ve got a really strong line-up, one that I believe is capable of taking Suzuki back into the British Superbike showdown.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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